Even though the Paonia Lady Eagles won the team title this past weekend at the Hotchkiss Invitational, Cedaredge's girls' track program continues to roll along without Sierra Williams. The Lady Bruins scored 108.5 points to place second behind Paonia (143.5).
The Bruin boys, without Reid Gates and Dante Markley, remained competitive and scored 44 points and sixth place in the boys' division.
Gates and Markley traveled to Grand Junction to take part in the Mickey Dunn meet at Stocker Stadium. Between the two stellar athletes, Cedaredge was able to place eighth after scoring 34 points.
A cool, windy day had many athletes lamenting their less-than-superior performance. Such was the case with the Bruins' smooth sprinter and hurdler, Dante Markley. "It was cold. I'm not sure I'll like my time (after winning the 110 high hurdles), but I was able to win. I knew I was going to be able to beat him (Eagle Valley's Riley Rowles-Birdsong) by the time we got to the third hurdle." And win he did. Markley caught Rowles-Birdsong on the second to the last hurdle and surged past him on the final hurdle to post a 16.1 for the win. Rowles-Birdsong was clocked with a 16.14.
Markley picked up fifth-place points in the 100m dashwith a time of 11.81.
Gates was a double winner for Cedaredge with victories in the high jump and long jump competitions. He launched himself 21 feet, five point five inches to win the long jump and jumped six feet, eight inches to claim the title in the high jump.
Though he, like most athletes, prefers a little warmer weather, "It is mechanics that gets you through." Gates knows the importance of technique and uses it the best way possible to get ready for each week's competition.
With the help of three first-place finishes, Cedaredge's girls were good enough for second place behind a strong Paonia squad last Saturday.
MacKenzie Kehmeier provided one first-place victory with her 28.49 clocking in the 200m dash. She was also a part of the winning 800m relay team that included Kenzie Henderson, Kendall McHugh and NellieFreeman (1:53.02).
The third, 10-point win, came from Rebecca Deal who won the long jump with a leap of 16-2.25.
Picking up second-place points were Kehmeier (400m, 62.8), Freeman (800m, 2:43.02) and Rachel Latta (long jump, 15-8.25).
Third-place finishes went to Ashley Diaz (800m, 2:47.21), Henderson (high jump, 4-9), Kaitlyn Kissner (discus, 100-3), and the 400m relay team (Summer Herman, Diaz, Latta and Deal).
Raylee VanderLinde (100m hurdles) and Micaela Shaw (discus) finished fourth for the Lady Bruins.
Jessica Sullivan (800m run) and McHugh (high jump) placed fifth.
Other top placers included Herman (100m dash, sixth), Henderson (400m, seventh), and Shaw (shot put, eighth).
Austin Williams had a good day at the Hotchkiss Invitational. The sophomore throwing specialist for the Bruins won both the shot put (45-10.5) and discus (143-0) helping secure the meet's sixth place in the team race.
Shane Gates cleared 5-9 to place third in the high jump and Steton Brewer was fourth in the 300m hurdles (45.15) and sixth in the 110m high hurdles.
Cedaredge's 3200m relay team placed fifth while the 400m relay team finished sixth.
Gates was eighth in the 300m hurdles to complete the scoring for Cedaredge's boys.
The Bruins will host the Cedaredge Invitational this Saturday. Events are set to begin at 9 a.m. after a coaches' meeting.blog comments powered by Disqus